WIP: nautical baby quilt

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I did some rearranging in my craft area and made an impromptu design wall with a fleece blanket that I had taken camping just the night before. I can see the allure of design walls now, I think I may have to come up with a more permanent/practical solution when I have some spare time.

Playing around: more nautical baby quilt brainstorming

My labour day deadline is fast approaching, so I need to start making decisions.  I keep flip flopping back and forth between a classic or a freeform look for the quilt.

Classic triangles?

Modern free form waves?

Modern free form waves?

I started my shopping, as I’m committed to my beach blue colour scheme. Last Friday I biked up to Effiloché, a nearby store filled with neat fabrics (and knitting yarn as well). I browsed about and was happy to pick out a few blues. Then back at home I made an order with Sew Fresh Fabrics, one of my favorite Etsy fabric shops. Now I get to patiently wait for my package to arrive.  Or maybe not 🙂  I think I’m going to start playing around a bit in anticipation.

Blue Fat Quarters from Effiloché

Playing around: nautical baby quilt brainstorming

I’ve made quite a few greenish themed baby quilts over the last couple of years, so I’m ready for something new.  I’m thinking nautical themed.  Lots of blue and yellow and white and red.  Maybe some grey thrown in to balance things out.

I’m starting with a really neat fat quarter of fabric I bought while in Paris, at a quilting shop called Le Rouvray:

Moucheron #3 Marine

Moucheron #3 Marine

Isn’t it neat?  It’s called “moucheron”, as in “little flies”.

It reminds me a lot of the time we spend in New Brunswick visiting family.  Here are some pictures from previous trips:

Back to fabric!

I hunted around a bit on etsy and found this beautiful blue sailboat fabric:

The Fleet Navy from Seven Seas - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

The Fleet Navy from Seven Seas – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Then I found lots more neat stuff:

Fish Scale in Tea by Alexander Henry Fabrics

Fish Scale in Tea by Alexander Henry Fabrics

Mountainz in Mint from Monsterz - Cloud9 Organic

Mountainz in Mint from Monsterz – Cloud9 Organic

Scribble in Gray from Happy Drawing - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Scribble in Gray from Happy Drawing – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Static in Yellow from Monsterz - Cloud9 Organic fabrics

Static in Yellow from Monsterz – Cloud9 Organic fabrics

There’s more where that came from, you can check out my nautical quilt brainstorming board over on pinterest.

That baby quilt, it’s finished!

Another baby quilt!

And just in the nick of time as well, the shower was on Saturday!  I had just enough time to finish sewing on the binding Friday evening, wash and dry it Saturday morning, and sew up a matching bag to package it all up before heading over to the shower.

This was my first time trying rounded corners, and I loved it!  I make my own binding (cut on the bias), so it curved nicely around the corners.  NO MITERING!  I know, mitering isn’t THAT bad, but still, this was so easy.  And it looks cute (or at least I think so).

It was well received too.  Which is just the icing on the cake 🙂

Next up: I found out another family member is expecting a girl soon!  Exciting!  It seems in the last couple of years everyone has been having boys, and while I’m not one to push pink (I love pink, but don’t feel the need to push gender stereotypes on anyone), I think I may have to give in and go with some traditionally girly colours, just because *I* love them.  Let me go put on my thinking cap to see what I can come up with.

WIP: safari themed baby quilt

It seems like everyone I know is expecting lately.  I feel like I can’t go to a family gathering without someone making a “big announcement”.  It must be my age, or something.

I look on the bright side of things: crafting goals!  It’s tough sometimes to be creative “just for fun”, so it’s nice to have a goal within which to get things done.  Right now I’m getting started on a quilt for one of the (many) expecting mothers, with the hopes of getting this one out of the way so I’m not frantically sewing them all up at the last minute.  The parents have decided to go with a safari theme for the baby’s room.  Check out the set they picked:


I went through my stash and picked out some coordinating colours:

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I’m going to use that charm pack on the right hand side to make a bunch of half square triangles.  Once they are all sewed up I will play around with design, but for now I’m digging the colours.

And in case you were wondering, yes, that’s a shovel you see in the background of the above picture.  This is what our alley looks like at the moment:

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